It was an overcast day, and I sat in the garden waiting for Ziggy to show me what he had. It didn't take long and he appeared on his ambush perch. I immediately started snapping pic's and he didn't disappoint. There was nothing to distort his natural colors. The brilliance of a Ruby's throat is quite impressive just on its own. He looked right at me and gave me one of the most brilliant flashes of color I've seen off of him. Even the photo doesn't capture the laser beam of light that passed through the lens.
Direct sunlight can really distort the colors and turn that red throat into an orangy/rust color, but on an overcast day the pic's produce the perfect natural light without shadows. This is also the perfect photo to illustrate the black chin right between the bill and the red throat. He also split his tail slightly to let me know he was aware of my presence.
There were no touch-ups necessary, as he showed me just how perfect he was.
Ziggy, the dominant male Ruby-throat hummingbird. N.E. of Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. August 2018.
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